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sinpumpkin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
my god... so true, and slightly sad that fans just up and accept it
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Journei Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm more for practical armor then the flashy type but that's just me :)
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lou2209 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you forgot the six inch heels man :ohnoes:
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LexiKimble Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love them both, and IMHO I think they both have a place in fantasy.
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RPAkita Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahahahaha! Reminds me of the logic of Dragon Age costumes! Weak character? Mage? Breast!
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LexiKimble Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Or the logic of swords and sorcery from the beginning, hell, look at Conan, Warrior King - can't afford a shirt or pants.
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RPAkita Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha! So true!
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LexiKimble Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm kinda of the mindset of some of the other previous commenters, I think the fantasy genre can handle both stylistic as well as practical armor.

I'll be honest though, I greatly preferred Dragon Age 2's armor designs far more than Dragon Age Origin, it was nice to see my Hawke and Aveline running around with their tits hanging out, and I loved that Varric ran around with his chest hair all hanging out.
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RPAkita Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have never analysed it before, but the tendency is strong towards tits out and pecks out over practical thinking. Not saying i dont like it because i do its just funny when its pointed out :)
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sesamecake Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Full body armor may not be suitable for night battle.
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ErebusRed Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Instant classic!
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conforimor Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Supper funny. Great job!
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oceancradled Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Full body armor is so much hotter
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BurntOutBright Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Artist
love it! This is exactly how I feel about contemporary female fantasy outfits.

I often get this kind of image in my head of real-life female soldiers shaking their heads at Wonder Woman and Starfire going "Seriously? How is that even staying on you?"
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LexiKimble Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just to be that chick. Both Wonder Woman and Starfire are high level supers, they both are capable of defeating a powered Kryptonian, so armor's about as redundant as it would be on Superman.
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BurntOutBright Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Artist
I get that, but why does that mean they have to wear 2 square feet of fabric between them and stilettos?
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codyrush Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Conan's topless and I don't see him gripin' about it.
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LexiKimble Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not sure about Diana, the whole star-spangled swimsuit always bothered me. There was a period where she (and Donna Troy) wore something more akin to Greek armor, which IMHO was the look that made the most sense.

Starfire actually makes sense baring skin, the Tamaranian culture is more relaxed when it comes to body image. Men and women wear skin bearing outfits, and have open sexuality and the like. Since they're damn near indestructible, it just kind of works. Sadly, most fans only remember Star/Blackfire from the cartoon, so it's a shock to the system to se Starfire more revealing.

I'm not as much of a stickler on heels with most characters; Emma Frost, Catwoman, they're fine, on Batwoman and Wonder Woman, just no. I can't get as worked up over it as I do inappropriate costumes, since I've fenced, ran and jumped in ballet heels, so saying "fighting in heels is impossible" is a bit of a falsehood coming out of my mouth.
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codyrush Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
If we start arguing the logic in super hero costumes the universe will reset.
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LexiKimble Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is true. I think that's why I've always worked with the mindset of "does this costume make sense on this character". I admit, I'm a terrible feminist, because sometimes I really enjoy those totally implausible costumes in comics, manga and JRPGs.
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codyrush Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Filmographer

Well, I don't know what you mean by feminist; but from an egalitarian stand point there's nothing wrong with reveling in an aesthetic choice IN A PIECE OF FICTION. To paraphrase Dawkins, "fiction...it's fake. Bitches."

 I'm sorry, I just really hate this double standard. Leonidas is tits naked in '300' and I never heard so much as a grumble from anybody. Men don't complain because...the '300' Spartans were playing up their testosterone kindled confidence in battle. Boasting their near invincibility as eugenically bred super soldiers. They were taunting the enemy. Why can't women do the same thing? Why does it always have to come down to exploitation?

Celtics wore next to no armor in combat; and they put all of central Europe under their feet for 300 years. If we're going to argue practicality then let's also argue reality. Historically many great warrior cultures didn't wear restrictive armor. Armor is freaking expensive; not everyone can afford it.


 This is just the history nerd in me talking. I don't think you're any less sexually progressive just because you like you some man candy or a titillating medieval ensemble.


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LexiKimble Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mostly because of the exploitation of the past. Female sexuality is a dual bladed sword, it's used to sell everything from sinks to cars. We're treated as objects, yet when we stand for ourselves, or reclaim our sexuality, we're demonized by all sides. 

Plus there's that double standard of the world, I mean, if I wear one of my corsets out, I'm called a slut, or that I "dress like a whore". And in the years of fantasy fiction and RPGs, you have that weird gender inversion when it comes to armor, men get perfectly suitable armor, women get a combat bikini. So it's hard not to chafe at sexualized armor sometimes, and when the ratio is hundreds of combat bikinis to one fuzzy loin cloth, it's kinda overwhelming at times. What we see in fantasy art, isn't anything similar to say the Spartans, we see women with armor that serves no purpose but to sexualize, with strategic cleavage cutouts, bared stomachs and the rest. While the randy chick in me appreciates the view, the educated woman in me sees the objectivization.

With that said, I know my Scottish ancestors wore little more than woad into battle, the men and the women. The Zulu, the Spartans, etc would run into battle with their dangly bits flailing about.
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MissMizea Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like both actually. While the practicality of armor is obviously useful I like stylish armor too. :s
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DualStarDagger Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
i just wish designers would at LEAST cover their chests
but noooo we all have to show our boobs to our enemy
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codyrush Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Why not just accent the curves with built in line art? My philosophy is battle ready flattery. I believe armor can accent and protect at the same time.
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DualStarDagger Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
i appreciate that idea better than exposing yourself lol
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dleoblack Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
GREAT! Ah Ah
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Vail-Combat-Irtis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahaha. The way I interpret it: a good comment on how female warriors are naked in nowadays designs and culture.
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Vail-Combat-Irtis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
And wear high heels.


Not to mention: characters with no muscles, but with huge weapons and armor on.
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Spellsword95 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I prefer full body armour :)
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yvette1988 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hilarious! XD
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Eliminate Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love this ! Lol!
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momobucket Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
bahahaha, nice!
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